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Twenty Four Elders
(Revelation 4.4)
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"Surrounding the throne were twenty four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty four elders. They were dressed white and had crowns of gold on their heads." (Revelation 4.4)

Crowns Heads

Twenty Four Elders in WhiteRevelation's "twenty four elders" in Heaven were representative heads of cities, families, or nations seen "dressed white" or literally "glowing white." This was "a color without a hue" or a mixture of all the colors in the spectrum. White represented purity and wearing crowns of gold upon their heads portrayed their eminence like kings as the twenty four leading elders in the courts of heaven. The twenty four elders were elsewhere suggested as the twelve leaders of the tribes of Israel plus the twelve apostles, but we just do not know if this is a correct interpretation. The twenty four elders then cast their crowns before the throne of God, and worshipped and praised continuously at this seat of super supreme government. They brought the people's prayers to God and one even encouraged John of Patmos when he was sad. Revelation 5.4-5 explained, "I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.'"

Dressed White

LightningThere were indications in other places in the Bible of elders in council in Heaven. At the Creation in Genesis 3.22, "the Lord God said, 'The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.'" "one of us" suggested a council of elders speaking with God or it may have been a reference to the Trinity in Heaven or even to a gathering of angels. Isaiah 24.23b fueled this intriguing concept further when the prophet wrote, "For the Lord Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders - with great glory."

"Twenty Four Elders"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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